Adrian Villar Rojas
From the series Las Mariposas Eternas (the Eternal Butterflies)

The two drawings in the Kadist Collection are part of a larger series entitled Las Mariposas Eternas (The Eternal Butterflies). They are studies for two large sculptures that explore the role of monuments and emblems in the configuration of Latin American national identities. The first drawing reproduces an equestrian statue of Juan Lavalle, one of Argentina’s independence heroes. The second drawing shows a Japanese anime character riding a monster, suggesting how an equestrian monument in a globalized future would look like.


Adrian Villar Rojas’s sculptures and drawings envision the end of human civilization. Based on historical prophecies and fantasy, the artist creates apocalyptic scenarios that posit an enigmatic world plagued by social, political, and environmental upheaval.